Glasgow launches new low emission buses

23 October 2018

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Glasgow launches new low emission buses 52/4211 Glasgow’s biggest bus operator, First Glasgow, has unveiled the first batch of 25 buses which have been fitted with cleaner engines ahead of the launch of Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) on 1 January 2019 (see current note 52/1305).

During phase one of the LEZ, 20% of a bus operator’s fleet is required to be compliant and a target of 100% has been set for the end of 2022. FirstGroup said it would cost nearly £100m to buy or convert buses so all those in the zone are at the Euro 6 engine standard. This will involve replacing or converting 450 of First Glasgow’s 850 vehicles. A further 50 compliant vehicles are also due to be delivered by November. In addition, ‘stop start’ technology means the bus engine will automatically switch off when the doors are open at bus stops, reducing exhaust fumes inhaled by pedestrians.

Source: REHIS, 15 October 2018